Combatting the Opioid Crisis with Prescription Alternatives

November 9, 2022 /// 2 Min Read

Combating the Opioid Crisis with prescription alternatives

Published in The True Citizen on 11/9/2022

Nearly 80% of those currently addicted to opioids began their addiction with a prescription for pain medications.

Over the past decade, the abuse of prescription and illicit opioids has become a top priority in public health, and its effects on rural communities cannot be understated.

According to the State Office of Rural Health, prescription drug misuse has grown in towns of every size. However, it is tough to combat in rural communities due to the limited healthcare resources for prevention, treatment, and recovery. Factors such as increased opioid prescriptions, social acceptance around prescription medications, and aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies have increased abuse and dependency.

In 2017, the United States government officially declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. Unfortunately, due to the rapid increase in the misuse of opioid drugs, the health issue quickly escalated into an epidemic.

Since 1999, more than 900,000 people have died from a drug overdose in the United States. The majority of those are from opioids.

From 2019 to 2020, the number of drug overdose deaths increased by 37.4% in Georgia.

The opioid epidemic knows no boundaries. It has cut through all sizes of families of all socio-economic backgrounds.

“I believe there is no better time to be an interventional pain physician than now. My medical training has equipped me with the most up-to-date technological advances needed to treat my patient’s pain with little to no opioid use. I look forward to helping more rural communities gain access to an interventional pain physician. By providing the utmost level of care, we as a community can begin the healing process,” stated Dr. Jonathan Le, Interventional Pain Physician at Burke Health.

Dr. Le plays a pivotal role in combating the opioid crisis in rural communities. By offering individualized patient-centered care for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain at Burke Health, he is essential to establishing a therapeutic alliance between the patient and clinician.

Acute pain is caused by various conditions, such as trauma, burn, musculoskeletal injury, neural injury, and pain from surgery/procedures in the perioperative period.

Anyone experiencing chronic pain can call 912-542-0444 to schedule an appointment for an alternative approach with Dr. Le.